Calling all runners! The American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2nd annual HeartStrong 10K will take place on Sunday, April 9 in Portland. The event’s fundraising goal is $15,000 to benefit the livesaving work of the American Heart Association in Maine. The event was originally scheduled for April 2, but was postponed due to a weekend snowstorm.
“The HeartStrong 10K is the perfect first 10K of the year for many Maine runners, so now is the time to start your training program,“ said JR Rogers, Owner of Fleet Feet Sports. “At last year’s inaugural race, we had many first-time 10K runners who had a personal passion for the work of the Heart Association. Whether you are running in honor or memory of a loved one affected by heart disease or stroke, or if you just want to embark on a healthier lifestyle, we hope you’ll join us.”
Registration and bib pick up begins at 7:30am at Ocean Gateway Terminal located at 14 Maine State Pier in Portland. Channel 8 WMTW Anchor Tracy Sabol will welcome the crowd before the race begins at 9:00am. Wells Fargo, WMTW 8, WPOR and The Forecaster are this year’s sponsors.
Fleet Feet Sports will award gift cards to the top three finishers in each age group: Under-20; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; and 70-plus. Packet pickup will take place on Saturday, April 2nd from 10am until 4pm at Fleet Feet Sports located at 309 Marginal Way in Portland.
In addition, $250 cash prizes will be awarded to the first male and first female finisher and additional prizes will be awarded to the second and third runner up for each gender. Free long-sleeved tech T-shirts will be provided to the first 50 registrants.
To register or to learn more, visit: HeartStrong10K.org or contact Meredith McNeil at (207) 289-2384 or Meredith.McNeil@Heart.org. Participation fee for runners $35. All participants can also raise additional funds online from supporters.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.